1. Who is the author of the Book “Asoka and decline of the Mauryas” ?(published in 1961)

(A) D. N. Jha

(B) Romila Thapar ✔

(C) R. S. Sharma

(D) A. L. Basham

  1. Who composed the Aihole Inscription ?


(A) Ravikirti ✔

(B) Harisen

(C) Bilhan

(D) None of the above

  1. King “Chandra” of Mehrauli Iron Pillar inscription has been identified with

(A) Chandragupta Maurya

(B) Chandragupa I (Gupta)

(C) Chandrasen

(D) Chandragupta II (Gupta)✔

  1. The ruins of Harappa were first noticed by


(A) M. S. Vats

(B) M. Wheeler

(C) B. B. Lal

(D) Charles Mason✔

  1. Both Lord Buddha and Mahavira died in the reign of (483 BCE & 467 BCE)

(A) Bimbisara

(B) Ajatasatru ✔

(C) Udayin

(D) Dasratha

  1. Who was the founder of the ‘Ajivika’ sect ?

(5th century BCE)

(A) Purana Kassap

(B) Pakudha Kaccayana

(C) Makkaii Gosala ✔

(D) Ajit Kesakambalin

  1. Which of the following is not a representative of the Buddhist art ?

(Gopuram – Dravidian architecture)

(A) Stupa

(B) Gopuram ✔

(C) Vihara

(D) Chaitya

  1. Which of the following periods was considered by Gordon Childe as a period of “revolution” ?(around 10,000 BCE)

(A) Palaeolithic

(B) Mesolithic

(C) Neolithic ✔

(D) Harappan

  1. Among the Bronze Age Civilizations which one was undoubtedly the largest in extent ?

(A) Egyptian

(B) Mesopotamian

(C) Harappan ✔

(D) Mehargarh

  1. The urban centers of the Harappan Civilisation faded out around –

(A) 2200 BC

(B) 2100-2000 BC

(C) 2000-1900 BC

(D) 1800-1750 BC☑️

  1. The most prominent deity in the Rigveda was

(A) Agni

(B) Indra ✔

(C) Vishnu

(D) Shiva

  1. Which of the following areas were viewed as impure by the later Vedic authors ?

(A) Anga

(B) Magadha

(C) Vanga

(D) All of the above✔

  1. The most celebrated river in the Rigveda was

(A) Ganga

(B) Saraswati ✔

(C) Sindhu (Indus)

(D) Yamuna

  1. Which geographical region of India witnessed the maximum concentration of the Mahajanapadas in the 6th century BC ?

(A) North India ✔

(B) Godavari valley

(C) Malwa plateau

(D) North-West frontier of the subcontinent

  1. Which one of the following events of Buddha’s life did not take place on a full moon day (Purnima) ?

(A) Birth

(B) Death

(C) Enlightenment

(D) Renunciation✔

  1. In the long history of domestication of animals, according to Wenke which was the earliest animal to be domesticated ?

(A) Goat ✔

(B) Pig

(C) Horse

(D) Dog

  1. Microliths are typical of(35,000 to 3,000 years ago)

(A) Paleolithic Age

(B) Mesolithic Age ✔

(C) Neolithic Age

(D) Chalcolithic Age

  1. The earliest evidence of settled agriculture in the subcontinent comes from

(7000 BCE)

(A) Mehargarh ✔

(B) Amri

(C) Kalibangan

(D) Dholavira

  1. In which State of India Ataranji kheda is situated ?(Etah district, bank of Kali river)

(A) Bihar

(B) Madhya Pradesh

(C) U.P.✔

(D) Gujarat

  1. The first Indian rulers to issue gold coins on the Roman pattern were

(A) Sungas

(B) Kushanas ✔

(C) Indo-Greeks

(D) Vakataka

  1. Which of the following 7th century Chinese travelers lived for ten years in the great monastery of Nalanda ?

(A) Fa-Hien

(B) Hiuen Tsang

(C) Yijing ✔

(D) Arrian

  1. Which of the following is considered to be the earliest Indian text on music ?

(A) Krishna Yajurveda

(B) Atharva Veda

(C) Sama Veda ✔

(D) Purusha Shukta

  1. The earliest known stone tools in the Indian subcontinent have been discovered from-

(A) Potwar plateau in Pakistan✔

(B) Hungsi Valley (Karnataka)

(C) Didwana (Rajasthan)

(D) Bhimbetka (M.P.)

  1. The oldest deciphered script of the Indian subcontinent.

(A) Brahmi✔

(B) Harappan

(C) Prakrit

(D) Devanagari

  1. In the Buddhist context, which one refers to texts that are supposed to contain what the Buddha himself said ?

(A) Sutta ✔

(B) Vinaya

(C) Abhidhamma

(D) Milindapanha

  1. There are Four Vedas and each Veda has _____ parts.

(A) two

(B) three

(C) four ✔

(D) six

  1. Rummindei pillar of Ashoka is put up to mark Buddha’s(Lumbini, Nepal )

(A) Birth ✔

(B) Enlightenment

(C) First Sermon

(D) Death

  1. Name the author of ‘Pancharatra’ and ‘Svapna-Vasavadatta’

(A) Kalidasa

(B) Bhasa ✔

(C) Ashvaghosha

(D) Kalhan

  1. Which style of architecture was developed by the Chalukyas of Badami ?

(A) Vesara ✔

(B) Dravida

(C) Nagara

(D) Gopuram

  1. Which dynasty described itself as the ‘Brahma-Kshatriya‘ ?(1097-1230)

(A) Senas ✔

(B) Palas

(C) Rashtrakutas

(D) Pratiharas

  1. The dynasty which Harshavardhan belonged to was(606-647)

(A) Varmans

(B) Maukharis

(C) Pushyamitras

(D) Pushyabhutis✔

  1. By whom was the kulinism (system of nobility among Brahmins and kayasthas) in Bengal started ?

(A) Gopal

(B) Dharmapal

(C) Vijayasena

(D) Ballalasena✔

  1. By whom and when the Gupta era was started ?

(A) Kumargupta I in 324 CE

(B) Srigupta in 309-10 CE .

(C) Chandragupta l in 319-320 CE✔

(D) Samudragupta in 324 CE

  1. Who among the following was the first to describe Sudras as a class of agriculturists ?

(A) Manu

(B) Fa Hien

(C) Hiuen Tsang ✔

(D) Narad

  1. Which of the following Gupta rulers is said to have embraced Buddhism towards the end of his life and also founded the Nalanda University ?

(A) Skandagupta

(B) Buddhagupta

(C) Purugupta

(D) Kumaragupta l✔

  1. Which Chalukya ruler is credited with repelling the Arab invasion of South Gujarat ?

(A) Vikramaditya I

(B) Pulakesin I

(C) Pulakesin ll

(D) Vikramaditya II✔

  1. Which one of the following was not situated in the Ganga plain?

(A) Kosala Kingdom

(B) Asmaka Kingdom✔

(C) Vatsya Kingdom

(D) Magadha Kingdom

38.At which of the following places has the largest belt of painted rock shelter of pre-historic period been found ?

(A) Bhaja

(B) Bhimbetka ✔

(C) Bagor

(D) Ajanta

  1. Official stamping of weights and measures and their periodical inspection are prescribed by

(A) Manu ✔

(B) Narada

(C) Brihaspati

(D) Parasara

  1. The Kharosthi script derived from

(A) Pictographs

(B) Aramaic ✔

(C) Sanskrit

(D) Brahmi

  1. Name the class which is conspicuous by its absence from the list of seven classes given by Megasthenes

(A) Artisans

(B) Traders ✔

(C) Cultivators

(D) Philosophers

  1. The Gold coins of the Gupta dynasty were known as

(A) Sataman

(B) Dinara ✔

(C) Muhara

(D) Varaha

  1. The language of the Jain religious text was

(A) Sanskrit

(B) Pali

(C) Prakrit ✔

(D) Bengali

  1. Which of the following sources states that Srinagar was built by Asoka ?

(A) Divyavadana

(B) Rajatarangini ✔

(C) Taranath’s History of Tibet

(D) Mahavamsa

  1. Rummindei pillar of Asoka is put up to mark Buddha’s (Lumbini, Nepal)

(A) Birth ✔

(B) Enlightenment

(C) First Sermon

(D) Death

  1. The name of our motherland ‘Bharata’ was first mentioned in

(A) Vishnu Purana ✔

(B) Vayu Purana

(C) Markendaya Purana

(D) Matsya Purana

  1. We know about the Bactrian Greeks only from

(A) Inscriptions

(B) Coins ✔

(C) Manuscripts

(D) Relics

  1. Who introduced Gold Coins in India ?

(A) The Mauryas

(B) The Kushanas

(C) The Greeks ✔

(D) The Cholas

  1. Who was Minandar ?

(A) A Parthian king

(B) A Bactrian Greek King ✔

(C) A Saka King

(D) None of the above

  1. Who wrote Milindapanha ?

(A) Asvaghosha

(B) Nagarjuna

(C) Basumitra

(D) Nagasena✔